Advancing Our Research Goals

“At UC San Diego, we are committed to conducting research that pushes the frontiers of our knowledge so we can make our world a better place.” – Chancellor Khosla

From left: John Ly, Director of Outreach, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office; Margaret Leinen, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, UC San Diego; Bruce Appelgate, Associate Director, Head of Scripps Ship Operations and Marine Technical Support; Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla; Marty Block, California State Senator, District 39

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday at the Nimitz Marine Facility (MarFac) in Point Loma to celebrate the completion of a construction project that has been underway since 2014.  Crews replaced a 48-year-old wharf, built a new pier, upgraded technology and utilities, and improved environmental protection systems.  MarFac is the home port and technical support center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s world-class oceanographic research fleet.  At the event, Chancellor Khosla and Vice Chancellor and Scripps Director Margaret Leinen thanked the crowd of supporters, including legislators, faculty and staff.

This summer, MarFac will welcome a newcomer to the pier, R/V Sally Ride, a state-of-the-art research vessel that will support the evolving needs of scientists for decades to come.  MarFac is currently home port to two oceanic research vessels operated by Scripps, Roger Revelle and Robert Gordon Sproul, as well as the research platform FLIP.  

Senator Block presented a resolution to Chancellor Khosla on behalf of the California State Senate that highlights the importance of the research conducted at UC San Diego and Scripps Oceanography. Representative John Ly from San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office also presented the Chancellor with a proclamation from the Mayor declaring April 15 to be UC San Diego/Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility Day throughout the city of San Diego.

Chancellor Khosla with Professor of Biological Oceanography Mark Ohman